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Timber Frame Construction

Adult Slöjd/Craft Workshop -Timber Frame Construction

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 9:30am to Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 4:30pm

Adult Slöjd Nordic Craft Workshop -  Timber Frame Construction

Friday - Sunday, October 27 - 29, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join skilled woodworking instructor to learn how to build a custom timber frame structure for ASI’s campus! This three-day course is an introduction to the skills and techniques used in these traditional Scandinavian timber frames. On day one students will have the opportunity to layout and shape components. Day two will include shaping and pre-assembly. Day three will focus on frame raising.

Wooden buildings in Scandinavia have a long history beginning in approx 1000 BC. Post and beam structures were the primary form of construction until the Viking era when horizontal log construction became dominant. But in areas lacking good coniferous trees for log building, such as the Norwegian coastline and the oak and beech forest areas of southern Sweden, post construction techniques continued in use.

Over time, the timber framing styles developed regional differences. Two interesting styles are the grindbygg of southwestern Norway and the skiftesverk of southern Sweden.  Both of these are characterized by economical use of material, similar lapping and notched joints, and often, the use of naturally curved timber. Differing from grindbygg, skiftesverk makes use of rabbeted posts to house horizontal wooden cladding. The focus of this course is a project in the skiftesverk tradition and will provide students the opportunity to develop new skills on a historically inspired frame.


Tools will be provided, but please bring any framing chisels, squares and tape measures that you want to use.


Mike Loeffler is a green wood worker based in Minneapolis. Green wood refers to the material, which is fresh/ wet, often in whole log form, and has certain characteristics that make it suitable for particular hand crafts. Inspired by his last name (an occupational name given to spoon carvers), Mike began his explorations in woodworking with spoons. He has studied with, and alongside carvers from all over the globe and believes in promoting the use and appreciation of everyday wooden objects made with local materials. Mike has also taught classes at number of regional institutions including North House Folk School, Milan Village Art School, and St. Olaf.

Peter Henrikson is a timber framer based in Grand Marais, Minnesota. He has had a long career of making including a variety of timber construction, basket making, and paddle making. He teaches timber framing workshops at North House Folk School regularly. Peter has been working this year with Mike Loeffler on a Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts Grant.

$225 ASI members / $250 general public


(612) 871-4907

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